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What is Section 8?

Section 8 is the common term for federal low-income rental assistance programs managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The term Section 8 is usually used to describe the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, which helps tenants pay rent based on their income, and pays participating landlords the remainder of the rent. "Section 8" can also refer to the Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program, and the Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) program. In both programs, the tenant typically pays 30% of their monthly income for housing costs.

Section 8 may also refer to either the tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program or the Project-based Rental Assistance (PBRA) program.

It gets its name from being Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937.

Section 8 Housing Help

Curated questions and answers about common Section 8 concerns.

How Much Are Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers Worth
Who is Eligible For Section 8?
How to apply for Section 8 rental assistance.
How to check Section 8 housing application status and waiting list position.
Can Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher assistance be granted immediately?
Where can Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers be used?
Can Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers be transferred to a different area?
Can a Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers be transferred to another person?
Is there a deadline to use a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher?
Are deadline extensions available for voucher households searching for a unit?
How long does a Public Housing Authority take to approve a unit for Housing Choice Voucher tenancy?
Does Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance expire?
 How are units approved for Housing Choice Voucher tenancy?

Frequently Asked Section 8 Questions

Detailed Section 8 Questions from Affordable Housing Online users.

Can I use a Section 8 voucher to help pay my mortgage?
What is the Moving To Work Program?
My family and I live in Section 8, but I have to move. Can we continue to receive Section 8 assistance in both places?
If I find housing before I get my Section 8 voucher, can I get approved sooner?